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Fortum looks to extend operation of Loviisa plant

Fortum looks to extend operation of Loviisa plant

Finnish utility Fortum has begun the environmental impact assessment procedure for the operation of the two Loviisa nuclear units beyond their current licences. The two-stage process will take about 18 months to complete.

Corporate 13 August 2020


SMR developer and engineering firm to collaborate on helium technology

SMR developer and engineering firm to collaborate on helium technology

UK-based company Howden is to design a helium circulator for use in Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation's Micro-Modular Reactors under a newly announced contract. USNC said Howden's submerged helium blowers would maximise heat transfer in the MMR's power plant.

New Nuclear 13 August 2020


Uzbek, Hungarian ministers discuss cooperation in nuclear energy

Uzbek, Hungarian ministers discuss cooperation in nuclear energy

The leadership of the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan met with a Hungarian delegation to Tashkent last month, during which they discussed Hungary's willingness for partnership in the energy sector.

Nuclear Policies 12 August 2020


Berkeley granted land use permit for Salamanca

Berkeley granted land use permit for Salamanca

The Municipality of Retortillo has issued Berkeley Energia a land use permit, known as an Urbanism Licence, for construction works at the Salamanca uranium project in western Spain. The project still requires a construction permit for the uranium processing plant before full construction of the mine can begin.

Uranium & Fuel 12 August 2020


Leningrad II-2 passes WANO pre-start peer review

Leningrad II-2 passes WANO pre-start peer review

Experts from the Moscow Centre of the World Association of Nuclear Operators have completed a pre-start-up peer review of unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in Western Russia. The purpose of review was to assess the readiness of the unit for safe start-up and further operation. Peer reviews are conducted at operating nuclear power plants once every four years, including at the start-up stage.

Regulation & Safety 11 August 2020


New detection technology to help decommissioning

New detection technology to help decommissioning

Jacobs and IS Instruments have designed a new type of Raman spectroscopy technology to detect radioactive contamination or other hazardous substances in waste stores and nuclear facilities undergoing decommissioning.

Waste & Recycling 11 August 2020


X-energy makes Canadian SMR review submission

X-energy makes Canadian SMR review submission

US company X-energy has initiated a Vendor Design Review for its Xe-100 small modular reactor design with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Kinetrics will lead X-energy’s Canadian regulatory affairs and licensing efforts.

New Nuclear 11 August 2020


Chinese fast reactor completes trial operating cycle

Chinese fast reactor completes trial operating cycle

The China Experimental Fast Reactor completed a manual emergency shutdown test from full power on 31 July, China National Nuclear Corporation announced last week. The company said this marked the end of commissioning tests for the power test phase of the reactor and verified that its performance met the design requirements under stable conditions and expected transient operating conditions.

New Nuclear 11 August 2020


Final used fuel transfer marks SONGS decommissioning milestone

Final used fuel transfer marks SONGS decommissioning milestone

The final canister of used fuel from the shut-down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has now been transferred into dry storage, marking a milestone for the decommissioning of the California site.

Waste & Recycling 11 August 2020


Tianwan 5 achieves grid connection

Tianwan 5 achieves grid connection

Unit 5 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province has been connected to the grid for the first time. The 1080 MWe domestically-designed ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor achieved the milestone at 19:52 local time on 8 August, China National Nuclear Corporation announced today.

New Nuclear 10 August 2020